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Kettering University To Unveil High Tech Security Center

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Part of the Kettering University campus in Flint.

Part of the Kettering University campus in Flint.

FLINT (WWJ) – Kettering University will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Aug. 6 in the Campus Center building to unveil a new state-of-the-art security and high definition closed circuit television surveillance system that makes Kettering’s campus among the most secure in the country.

The technology and equipment upgrade and installation was made possible by a $125,000 donation from the Lear Corp.

The Lear donation allowed Kettering to install three Avigilon HD Enterprise, 21 Terabyte Recording Servers with 21 days of video retention each. They also include three redundant, hot swappable, server power supplies, an HD 4-monitor and two HD 2-monitor workstations, wall-mounted security monitors and system programming, start-up and testing.

The donation supports a $330,000 campus initiative that also includes renovation of the Campus Safety station, increased security enforcement and utilization of the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) model of security.

The surveillance system provides full coverage of the Kettering University campus with high definition cameras and software that leverages high-definition stream management technology. Images are displayed on a video wall, showing all activity on campus and ensuring the safety of the campus and surrounding areas. The new system augments the university’s existing analog camera system with a large number of high-definition, panoramic cameras that will together provide total visibility and coverage of the campus as well as parts of the surrounding community. The cameras are programmed to record and archive any motion in their field of view.

Speakers are the ribbon cutting ceremony will be: Kettering University President Robert K. McMahan; Betsy Homsher, Kettering University vice president of Student Life and Dean of Students; Ray Scott, executive vice president & president of seating operations for Lear and member of the Kettering University board of trustees; and Neal Hegarty, vice president of programs at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

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